SESSION 01 : THE HARDWARE EQs

DATE:  Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

DESCRIPTION: An A/B Club session based on various hardware EQ's. 

GEAR USED (with estimated retail values): 

  1. API 550b Discreet 4 Band EQ - $1100.75
  2. API 560 Discreet 10 Band Graphic EQ - $803.00
  3. FOCUSRITE Red 2 Dual Equaliser - $2500.00
  4. McCURDY EQ 155a - $500.00
  5. ORAM STEREO HD-EQ - $4070.00
  6. SHURE SR107 - $300.00

PROCEDURE:

For this session we were at John's place, and used Logic 9 on a G5 Mac with SSL converters.  We were monitoring on his Dynaudio BM5a's and his Yamaha NS-10's with Yamaha Sub Woofer.

We took the kick drum from a session that JVT had been working on that had been tracked through a NEVE 500 Series Preamp without any EQ or compression and bounced it out through each of the various EQ's that we had put together.  The goal was to EQ the kick as we would to make it sound the best as is possible using each EQ.  

We then did the same with a vocal track from a session that James had been working on.

We followed that up by doing the same with a synth track that Robbie had been working with.

And then with an acoustic guitar that Chris was working with.

And a piano that John had tracked.

 

SESSION PICS:

FINDINGS:

Kick Drum Audio Files

Vocal Track Audio Files

Synth Track Audio Files

Acoustic Guitar Audio Files

CONCLUSIONS:

The sessions was very interesting and we all learned a lot.

  1. API 550a Discreet 3 Band EQ
    • OVERALL : 9/10
    • Josh : I like this and it was nice. 9/10
    • Robbie : I feel good about this piece. 9/10
    • Chris : This is a good thing for almost all things. 9/10
    • John : Decent. 9/10
    • Gavin : Okay, that's nice. 9/10
    • James : I want to have one of these things. 9/10
    •  
  2. API 550b Discreet 4 Band EQ
    • OVERALL : 9/10
    • Josh : I like this and it was nice. 9/10
    • Robbie : I feel good about this piece. 9/10
    • Chris : This is a good thing for almost all things. 9/10
    • James : I want to have one of these things. 9/10
    •  
  3. API 560 Discreet 10 Band Graphic EQ
    • OVERALL : 9/10
    • Josh : I like this and it was nice. 9/10
    • Robbie : I feel good about this piece. 9/10
    • Chris : This is a good thing for almost all things. 9/10
    • James : I want to have one of these things. 9/10
    •  
  4. DRAWMER 1961 Stereo Vacuum Tube EQ
    • OVERALL : 9/10
    • Josh : I like this and it was nice. 9/10
    • Robbie : I feel good about this piece. 9/10
    • Chris : This is a good thing for almost all things. 9/10
    • James : I want to have one of these things. 9/10
    •  
  5. HHB Classic 70 Stereo Tube Parametric EQ
    • OVERALL : 9/10
    • Josh : I like this and it was nice. 9/10
    • Robbie : I feel good about this piece. 9/10
    • Chris : This is a good thing for almost all things. 9/10
    • James : I want to have one of these things. 9/10
    •  
  6. ORAM STEREO HD-EQ
    • OVERALL : 9/10
    • Josh : I like this and it was nice. 9/10
    • Robbie : I feel good about this piece. 9/10
    • Chris : This is a good thing for almost all things. 9/10
    • James : I want to have one of these things. 9/10
    •  
  7. SHURE SR107
    • OVERALL : 9/10
    • Josh : I like this and it was nice. 9/10
    • Robbie : I feel good about this piece. 9/10
    • Chris : This is a good thing for almost all things. 9/10
    • James : I want to have one of these things. 9/10
    •